Traverse City Record-Eagle

September 6, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 09/06/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Meeting the challenge

Recently in Los Angeles entertainer Linda Ronstadt stated, “No one can sing with Parkinson’s, no matter how hard they try.” True, Parkinsonians begin to lose voice volume. However, if Ms. Ronstadt would attend a Traverse City support group meeting the fourth Wednesday of each month she would receive information and direction of how to get her groove back, oops, voice back.

Parkinsonians receive information about the Lee Silverman Treatment, Loud for Voice and Big for Balance. Is it magic? No, it’s hard work every day with exercises to maintain the achieved improvement. The group receives information about research and methods of how to meet the daily challenge of living well with a chronic condition like Parkinson’s. The public is always welcome.

Grand Traverse Area Parkinson’s Support Group and Lee Silverman Voice Treatment Global will host a seminar for certification on Oct. 13 at the Great Wolf Lodge.

Hettie Molvang

Traverse City

The writer is a facilitator for and board member of the Grand Traverse Area Parkinson’s Support Group and assistant state director for the Parkinson’s Action Network.

Leave range open

Down Hoosier Valley Road is state-owned land, taxpayer-owned land. It is legal to target shoot on state land. Many hunters and gun enthusiasts call Michigan home. However, a few people have moved into the area and dislike the range being in their neighborhood. Most of the people have moved in after the area was first used as a range, about 1960.

In a conversation with a Department of Natural Resources law enforcement officer it was stated that the area has to be the safest in the state. He thought there would have been at least one reported accident with the high use of the land for target practice; none were found.

So the claim by the residents about concern for their safety is not founded on facts, but in their desire to keep others from enjoying the land as they have since 1960.

The DNR director issues a “Land Use Order of the Director,” infringing on a person’s ability to target shoot. If you want to keep public lands open to the public I encourage you to write to the director and let him know that you want to keep Hoosier Valley open to the public.

Andy Marek